Would it make any difference to anyone here if the downhill skier was a smaller child? I ask because I am a parent of two young skiers, and one of the first things our daughter learned when she started skiing a couple of years ago was how to avoid hitting anyone else. She has never skied into anyone else, although she now skis comfortably on crowded blue slopes, and she would intentionally fall before doing so. Many kids seem to think it's funny to hit other people and their parents make no effort to control or discipline them. My daughter was taken out by an out of control 10 year old when we were waiting at the end of the lift line her first year skiing. No real remorse, and no discipline by his mother, who saw the whole thing. If parents aren't going to discipline their little angels and other people are getting seriously hurt, at what point do you hold them responsible?
But even were my kid hit, I would be unlikely to sue, unless my child was injured to the extent that he needed years of ongoing medical care, and then only to recoup necessary long term costs.
Personally I don't think legal action for money changes who people are at the core or makes it all better. My suing bad parents who can't spare a glance or an *I'm sorry* for their kid running over someone else isn't going to make them better parents or in any way guarantee that they will do a better job of controlling or disciplining their kids.
I will say again, too, that while I do think some children are asshats in training, I think many others do make simple mistakes or judgment errors that are in no way malicious. I look back on my childhood, and although I was the geeky *good kid,* for the most part, I made a surprising number of stupid choices and got hurt now and again, through clumsiness and occasional bad judgment. I am terrified that my kids will do the same (of course they will, they're kids), but that the outcome will be worse.